June 25, 2021

Delino DeShields Jr. Tests Positive For COVID-19 (MLB Trade Rumors)

Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19, president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told reporters this morning at the team’s summer camp (Twitter link via Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal). DeShields is experiencing some symptoms, though they’re thankfully said to be mild in nature at this point. For the time being, he remains at home and will need a pair of negative tests before he can travel and join the club in Cleveland.

DeShields, 27, was acquired alongside right-hander Emmanuel Clase in the trade that sent two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber from Cleveland to Texas over the winter. He’s part of a crowded Indians outfield mix that currently has plenty of options but lacks much definition outside regular playing time for impressive young center fielder Oscar Mercado. In 408 plate appearances with the Rangers last year, the fleet-footed DeShields hit .249/.325/.347 with four homers, 15 doubles, four triples and 24 stolen bases.